CONSERVATIVE
New Forest East

BUSINESS QUESTION – POSTAL VOTING FRAUD – 10 March 2005

Dr Julian Lewis: May we have an urgent statement from a Constitutional Affairs Minister, not about the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster but about this statement, which was made by a deputy High Court judge two days ago:

"The postal voting system is open to widespread corruption, because the authorities are powerless to tackle fraud"?

The Times has discovered that the distinguished local government Chief Executive and expert Returning Officer, Max Caller, warned the Government in advance that:

"The current position runs the risk of the whole electoral process being discredited".

Bearing in mind the fact that in an exchange with me on 10 June the Leader of the House dismissed those very dangers, which have now been confirmed, will he now tell the House of Commons that the Government's policy on postal voting has done a grave disservice to the process of democracy in this country?